Japanese trading company Sojitz canceled its plan to build a wind power plant in Hokkaido, amid soaring material costs and growing local criticism about the environmental impact of the project.

"After re-examining the business plan from various perspectives, including the recent sharp rise in material prices, we have concluded that this project does not meet Sojitz’s investment criteria,” the company in a statement on Saturday.

The decision adds to a recent trend of wind project cancellations, creating a headache for the Japanese government, which is seeking to significantly increase green energy production, particularly in Hokkaido.

Sojitz had intended to construct large wind turbines in state-owned forests located in the city of Otaru and town of Yoichi in Hokkaido. The turbines were expected to operate for 20 years from 2029, with a total output of 109 megawatts.

Apart from financial concerns, the project also faced opposition from local residents who expressed worries about its potential impact on the environment. Hokkaido Gov. Naomichi Suzuki said Friday that the local community lacked a clear understanding of the project.

Sojitz said "the outcome is regrettable,” saying it had proposed changes to the layout and other measures to mitigate the impact on the landscape.

Recently, several other wind farm projects, including those proposed by Kansai Electric Power and Hitachi Zosen, were also scrapped amid heightened local objections. These setbacks are likely to pose challenges for the Japanese government, which aims to have renewables contribute 36% to 38% of the power supply by 2030.